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TV Film Of The Week – 16th September


Welcome to the TV Film of the Week. The name says it all! The Snooty Ushers have put their heads together to recommend a couple of films that you can watch this week on TV.

Let’s get straight to it and run down this week’s recommendations!

NB since we are all still ushers at heart, our weeks will start on a Friday.

So, our TV Film of the Week is:

Swingers
(BBFC Rating 15, Doug Liman, 1996)

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BBC1
Friday 16th September, 23:35

Ever wonder why someone has a career when they are basically cruising on a series of one-note performance? Vince Vaughn was good in Old School and Dodgeball – but how did he get those roles? What was his breakthrough? Well, it was this. Vaughn and Jon Favreau (before he became an incredibly successful director) are a pair of actors in LA trying to be “players”. So money.

An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….

Out Of The Furnace
(BBFC Rating 15, Scott Cooper, 2013)

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Film4
Monday 19th September, 21:00

Having recently watched The Duel on Netflix I was reminded just how engaging and brooding an actor Woody Harrelson is. This came out over here while True Detective’s first season was airing, and it is another great performance. Russel (Christian Bale) and Rodney (Casey Affleck) are brothers struggling to find work in a depressed Pennsylvania town after losing a steel mill job and leaving the Army respectively. They get drawn into the criminal world run by Hareln DeGroat (Harrelson), and when Rodney goes missing, Russel hunts him down. Also featuring an excellent supporting cast including Forest Whittaker, Willem Dafoe, and Zoe Saldana, the director also made Johnny Depp’s only recent good film Black Mass.

For your consideration

And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:

Licence To Kill (BBFC Rating 15, John Glen, 1989) – So, watching Chuck reccently has reminded me of what a good actor Timothy Dalton is. Here is his second (and last) outing as 007 proves that he was the precursor to Daniel Craig’s tougher Bond. ITV, Friday 16th September, 21:00

You’re Next (BBFC Rating 18, Adam Wingard, 2011) – A home invasion film from the director of the excellent The Guest. Film4, Friday 16th September, 22:50

The Evil Dead (BBFC Rating 18, Sam Raimi, 1981) – Five students go to a remote cabin and accidentally open the Book Of The Dead and unleash demons and ghosts into the woods. Film4, Saturday 17th September, 00:40

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (BBFC Rating 15, Mel Stuart, 1971) – Another Gene Wilder classic, as the reclusive Mr Wonka shows a group of children around his wonderous chocolate factory. ITV3, Saturday 17th September, 11:55

The World’s End (BBFC Rating 15, Edgar Wright, 2012) – The conclusion of the Cornetto trilogy wasn’t as immediately popular as Shaun Of The Dead or Hot Fuzz, but with re-watches the problems (especially Nick Frost and Simon Pegg switching the lead/support roles) melt away and this is a really enjoyable film. Film4, Saturday 17th September, 21:00

The Phantom (BBFC Rating 12, Simon Wincer, 1996) – Billy Zane takes the lead in a comic book adaptation get in the 1930s, protecting the treasures of his home from power hungry thieves. Film4, Sunday 18th September, 14:55

White Noise (BBFC Rating 15, Geoffrey Sax, 2004) – Recommended simply because of the great Michael Keaton. 5*, Monday 19th September, 23:05

Prisoners (BBFC Rating 15, Denis Villeneuve, 2011) – I reviewed Sicario for our most recent Negotiating Netflix column, and this is the film that first made his name in America. Hugh Jackman’s daughters are abducted, and when the Detective investigating (Jake Gyllenhaal) can’t get a conviction, takes matters into his own hands. Film4, Wednesday 21st September, 21:00

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (BBFC Rating 15, Sidney Lumet, 2007) – Brothers Philp Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke attempt to rob their father’s (Albert Finney) jewelry store. Guess which Snooty Usher still has my DVD copy of this that I lent him at least 2 years ago? Channel 4, Thursday 22nd September, 01:05

There we go. Short one this week, but w hope there’s  something you like in there! See you next week when The Snooty Ushers choose their TV Film Of The Week!

Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.

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